Author James Rollins is set to bring his Sigma Force series of novels to the big screen -- with an assist from famous producer Dino De Laurentiis. Fans of thrillers like The DaVinci Code will want to take notice.

Risky Business broke news of the deal late last night, which has De Laurentiis acquiring the rights to the entire franchise of novels (six in all so far, with a seventh on the way). Rollins started the series back in 2004. The most recent novel, published earlier this year, made the New York Times Bestseller List. The Sigma Force books follow a "division of the U.S. Department of Defense's DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) program housed beneath the Smithsonian in D.C. Staffed by a collection of "killer scientists" (adventurous scientists paired with military operatives), the Force investigates and secures threatening scientific information through counter-terrorism, research and covert ops."

Sources indicate that the film version will tell a new story with an eye on developing a franchise according to De Laurentiis: "James Rollins is a master storyteller. The Sigma Force series is rich with complex characters and thrilling action plots, and we can't wait to turn this treasure trove of amazing stories into a great film franchise."

The producer is no stranger to taking a series of popular novels and turning them into successful films. His previous credits include screen adaptations of Thomas Harris' books Red Dragon (my favorite book in the series), Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising.

I've not read any of the Rollins books, but I'm intrigued by the concept. What do you think? If you've read the novels can you see them translating to the screen?